Archive for Sunday, September 8, 2002

Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today

September 8, 2002


IN 1977

Plans were being made for the dedication of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Douglas County Atty. Michael Malone said he planned to reduce a first-degree murder charge pending against Joseph Gardner, 22, for his part in the Feb. 6 slaying of Margaret Maxey, 46. Gardner's brother, James, 18, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case.

A revised site plan for the proposed Southwest Plaza at 23rd and Iowa streets was submitted to the city-county planning commission for study. There had been much controversy about the traffic pattern that involved a Safeway supermarket in the mix.

IN 1962

Officials said prospects for tragedy were great because so many motorists wre failing to stop for school buses. Too many drivers, officers said, were not halting as required by law when school buses stopped, regardless of the direction of travel for the bus. Signals were clear, public response poor, police said, and they indicated arrests would be frequent and fines stiffened to alter the disturbing trend.

IN 1902

On Sept. 8, 1902, the Lawrence World observed, "While great care is taken to mark on charts every dangerous rock in the ocean yet accidents are frequently occurring on rocks not marked on the chart. It is likewise true in life that there are rocks of temptations and disaster that are not marked on the moral charts. Every man to get through rightly in this world must have a head of his own and not depend upon the moral charts furnished by others."

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